Enterprise Resource Planning (or ERP) is the new rising field in this digital age. Although most
enterprises are adopting ERP systems to make their business performance better, they make some
mistakes because they did not know certain facts about ERPs. Here are ten things that will surprise you
and facilitate you in choosing the right ERP for your business setting.
1- ERPs require planning
You cannot just implement any Enterprise Resource Planning system, you need to know your need, and plan the implementation and
integration with your business.
2- Create a team for oversight
You need a team that ensures the successful implementation of database administration, help desks,
training, testing, operational issues, etc.
3- Requires teamwork
Implementing an ERP is a huge process and requires teamwork. You may need to train the executives
and representatives in various departments.
4- Outline why you need the ERP before implementation
Do not make assumptions about what it can do and not do. You need to know what you need an ERP for
and then find one that offers all your solutions.
5- Know what it is capable of doing for you
Identify the differences and gaps so that you can track the inventory manually. This will help manage the
integration of bar codes and a proper delivery system.
6- Some ERPs are only as good as implementation and do not offer customization
Before you consider an ERP know what you need, is its assistance with identifying best practices, help
integration of data, or support with navigating complex customizations and requirements?
7- You get answers to your questions
Knowing if the vendor can meet your requirements is crucial. For this, you need to be specific in the
details about what you need. If you specify very generic business information, then it may surprise you
that there will be gaps in the capabilities of the system you choose. Therefore, it is important that you
indicate the specific abilities you need in the ERP. Clarity will ensure that you get exactly what you need
for a smooth functioning system for your business.
8- Focus on the system, not presentation
When you go for a sales presentation, be prepared. The salesperson will try to make you feel "WOW"
about the ERP, but the presentation is not important. Focus on the system itself, and whether it solves
your problems with the right solutions.
9- Be willing to customize your business process
Some businesses develop a system that is ideal for an ERP. However, this means that the system would
lack some best practices. Consequently, your system will constantly have issues. Therefore, you must be
willing to make some changes to adopt best practices. Select an ERP that conforms to the best practices
10- Do not depend on cloud-based systems, let it be bought in
Most vendors insist on selling cloud-based applications because they say IT assistance is not necessary.
Mostly, this is not true. Most of the time, business units do not have the equipment to handle IT
configuration nor the solutions to meet the security guidelines an internal architecture.
Final words before you move on from here always choose an Enterprise Resource Planning system that fits your setup!